Ticket and Dining Package: $50
No lawn sales
Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Chicago has long been famous as a hotbed for the blues, giving rise to artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy, as well as several record labels that specialized in the big city sound—Delmark, Alligator, Bluebird, Cobra, and Chess. Then, as rock and roll gave way to straight-ahead rock, artists looking for fresh hooks to define their own sounds found a wealth of inspiration in the urban blues, and another musical revelation took shape. The Mauds, part of a burgeoning garage band scene in the early ’60s, found its stride with blue-eyed soul and a classic cover of the Sam & Dave hit “Hold On,” made—where else?—at Chess Records. After several more hits that became regular spins on Chicago radio, including “Knock on Wood,” The Mauds hit it big again with “Soul Drippin’,” which featured a horn section that would some time later simply be known as Chicago. Not to be outdone by the addition of a dominating horn line to this new jazz-rock, The Flock soon flew around the Chicago airwaves and on international tours with a violin-led sound on hits like “Clown,” “Big Bird,” and other cult classics that led English bluesman John Mayall to call them the best American band he’d ever heard in the liner notes for The Flock’s first of three albums. Original members of both of these bands, as well as Mercury Records labelmates Aura, have joined together as Dinosaur Exhibit to unearth the bones of Chicago jazz-rock in their Ravinia debut headlining the 2017/18 BGH Classics.